Ten Grumpy Things to Like About Today

Had a conversation with a client who was feeling a bit down this morning.  OK, a LOT down — the economy’s nasty, his business is down, his wife may lose her job, his car needs new brakes… you get the picture. Grouse, grouse, grouse.  Ick.
When I challenged him to think of 3 positive things about today, he resisted.  From a place as low as he was, he found it tough to think upbeat.  He plowed on, however, and by the end he came up with ten+ things, and we were laughing together.
With his permission, I’m sharing the list.  Keep in mind this comes from a grumpy person <grin>

  1. I’m above ground. Ok, I guess that any day I’m still above ground and breathing is a good day.
  2. It’s not winter. I was so sick of last winter, you know?
  3. It’s another day closer to my vacation. I SO need a vacation.
  4. My plants need the rain.
  5. Gas is a lot cheaper than same time last year.
  6. My Inbox has less than 300 emails in it, which is good for me.
  7. FedEx arrived on time this morning. Don’t you love that?!
  8. Water’s running from the tap and electricity’s flowing without interruption, and that’s pretty amazing when you think about it.
  9. I can go to the grocery store and buy fresh fruit all year round. That’s even more amazing
  10. My wife and my dog still love me. Even when everybody else is crabby, my dog’s always in a good mood.
  11. I’m healthy. As long as I have that, I’m good.

What’s positive in your life today?



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Comments 4

  1. I recently read this statement which is integral to your point.
    A psychologically mature person looks for the positive in every
    situation, for no experience is entirely negative.

  2. Exactly, Tom. Exactly the point that was central the conversation I had with my client. No situation is entirely negative (or positive, for that matter) — there is always another, legitimate perspective.
    And life, IMHO, is always a bit more fun when there’s lightness! J

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